The '''Australian Museum''' is the oldest museum
[Australian Museum, ''A Short History of the Australian Museum'', http://australianmuseum.net.au/A-short-history-of-the-Australian-Museum]
with an international reputation in the fields of natural history
. It was first conceived and developed along the contemporary European model of an encyclopaedic warehouse of cultural and natural history and features collections of vertebrate
and invertebrate zoology
, as well as mineralogy
. Apart from exhibitions, the museum is also involved in indigenous studies research and community programs. In the museum's early years, collecting was its main priority, and specimens were commonly traded with British and other European institutions. The scientific stature of the museum was established under the curatorship of Gerard Krefft
, himself a published...